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Promises Made

July 1, 2008

My mother and I were born in Seattle on Duwamish land adjacent to Lake Washington. Chief Seattle’s descendants and relatives once fished Sockeye salmon where my grandmother taught swimming. Along…

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Absence of the Sacred

June 30, 2008

The World Archeological Congress will meet soon in Dublin, where, among other topics, they’ll examine the Tara controversy. Tara Hill, to the Irish, is like The Black Hills to the…

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Curating Social Knowledge

June 28, 2008

One of my colleague’s students asked if I found my indigenous associates to have a different philosophical perspective. I responded by noting that their cosmology and epistemology was in sharp…

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A Short Distance

June 26, 2008

In his novel The Lazarus Project, Aleksandar Hemon observes it is a short distance from the editorial to the massacre. Referring to America’s anti-immigrant fervor of a century ago, Hemon…

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Classy Servants

June 25, 2008

“We have no private life,” the secretaries of a German law firm state. Getting up at 6 o’clock in the morning to commute to work, unable to pay the rent…

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Watching the Sunset

June 24, 2008

The totems of Kwakiutl and other aboriginal coastal villages of British Columbia were often the initial cultural expressions encountered by other First Nations and explorers traveling the Inside Passage between…

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Information-based Trauma

June 21, 2008

(Reading A New Dark Age by our colleague Phil Williams yesterday, I was reminded of our efforts in September 2001 to combat media-generated post-9/11 trauma. As man-made crises become compounded…

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Crises in Context

June 21, 2008

In a recent exchange, the notion of an American popular uprising was broached, conditioned on some future government having gone too far. My response was that this is not in…

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New Dark Age

June 20, 2008

“The problem is that the stateocentric mode of thinking is so highly normative that consideration of alternative forms of governance, which does more than treat them as threats, is typically…

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Leaving the Comfort Zone

June 20, 2008

Richard Atleo, in his book Tsawalk, writes about civilizations completing phases of growth, and likens the resistance to change or transformation to the reluctance of individuals to leave the comfort…

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Chief George Manuel Memorial Indigenous Library

The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.

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